Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and several other party workers were detained in Nangloi, North Delhi, on Saturday after they tried to block trains while protesting against prolonged power cuts and water scarcity in the city.
Lovely and other Congress workers sat on the tracks at Nangloi railway station. Among the protesters were DPCC chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma and senior party leader Sajjan Kumar. Police had to use water cannons to disperse protesters from the tracks. They were then taken to Nangloi and Gonda police stations.
“The water sprayed on us was dirty. The water shortage in Delhi is so acute that police had to use drain water in their water cannons. We have also written to the Police Commissioner regarding this,’’ Sharma said. The Congress workers also held a a protest at Vikas Marg in East Delhi.
Later in the day, Lovely also took out a candlelight march in Gandhi Nagar as part of the ‘har har mombatti ghar ghar mombatti’ campaign. He was joined by Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of President Pranab Mukherjee, and AICC in-charge Kuljit Singh Nagra.
“During Congress rule in Delhi, people had forgotten what power cuts were. The government was planning to launch new schemes to make Delhi a power island. Delhi is now witnessing jungle raj after the AAP hurt the sentiments of the people by abandoning them,’’ Sharmistha Mukherjee said.